Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The snotty child

He's actually very sweet. Always smiling. Happy. Ticklish little toes. Seldom cries except if he's hurt or hungry. Loves attention but will play on his own for a bit too. Enjoys others.

BUT HIS NOSE HASN'T STOPPED RUNNING IN MONTHS!

I know he aspirates sometimes... It's obvious when he chokes and coughs... even with it being thickened liquids. But other than that he just seems to always have that boogey nose and a cough when he lays down.

Any thoughts??

13 comments:

  1. I would say reflux meds. If he is on them they need to be adjusted due to weight gain and if he is not on them he needs them. My nephew was the same way until he strted getting the right ammount of meds.

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  2. this has probably already been checked, but could it be allergies? to dust/the dog/etc?

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  3. A drop or two of saline in each nostril several times a day to help him clear his nose?

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  4. This sounds like allergies to me too... that was my first thought. What does your pediatrician say? I always hate drugging my kids but an allergy med might really make him feel better.

    Besides that... I LOVE Aquaphor for a chapped nose and upper lip. Its like magic. :)

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  5. leave off all milk products
    adjust reflux meds to weight
    is the mucous clear
    humidifier at night

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  6. We have had the same issue and what has helped:

    1. prevacid solutabs (reflux meds that melt on your toddler's tongue)

    2. Cool air humidifier in their room at night (smaller nasal pasages and for some reason our kiddos with Ds produce some really sticky nose boogers)

    3. Little noses saline mist in the nose. Keeps everything moving. Even on days that our son has nothing, we still do it just to keep everything opened and moist to help 'get rid' of the stuff.

    4. Swallow study to make sure we know what exactly is the level of aspirations

    Good luck!

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  7. My guess is allergies or intollerance as well - it might be something as simple as dairy or soy. I have a good friend that had the same thing - every night her little one would get so stuffy and wake many times a night. They were going thru a big night-time routine with saline, and other stuff - after about 6 months she saw a pediatric allergist and found that her little guy was semi allergic to dairy, tomato products and soy -- it was a long couple of weeks getting it all out of the diet, but he cleared right up.

    Good luck!

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  8. Is it green and gunky or clear? Macy had a super icky snotty nose for 1 mth, I had the ENT swab it and it came back positive for a Strep bacteria that is resistent to antibiotics. The "normal" ones didn't work so now she's on Cipro and it seems to be doing the trick.

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  9. Reflux, allergies, allergic to milk, or other foods.

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  10. my friend's daughter had the same problem when she was little...she had her adnoids removed and was a different child. I do know that children with ds usually have more mucus than most too so it may just be that. Can you suction his nose?

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